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Instructor Development Course
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Become a PADI Instructor and spread your passion for diving

As a dive instructor, you have the possibility to introduce new divers to the beauty of the underwater world and the diving community. You will help new divers to gain confidence and skills, and fine-tune skills of certified divers. Being a dive instructor comes with many other perks, such as an adventurous lifestyle with work opportunities world-wide in exciting locations (like here in Krabi!), as well as a sense of fulfilment and personal growth as you continually expand your knowledge and teaching abilities. Ultimately, becoming a dive instructor enables you to turn your love for diving into a fulfilling and impactful career.

Join Fast Manta’s Instructor Development Course in the beautiful landscapes of Ao Nang, Krabi

On the two-week PADI Instructor Development Course, you will deepen your understanding of diving theory and learn how to teach efficiently, all while fine-tuning your own dive skills. During your IDC, you’ll participate in workshops, confined and open water training, team teaching, classroom and in-water presentations, knowledge development and exams. 

At Fast Manta, we don’t only focus on you passing your exams with flying colours, but especially on training you into a high quality instructor equipped for real-life situations of the future. When taking the instructor development course with us, you will become part of the Fast Manta family. Our team offers mentoring in everything dive-related, but also in questions about the dive industry and the lifestyle attached to it. We’re partnered up with local real estate agents and bike rental companies to help you find your home and your way around during your stay here in Ao Nang. As part of the family, we will also help you find work in the diving industry in the future.

If you’re looking for more extensive learning, the following course packages are available.

PADI Divemaster + IDC

IDC + Specialty Instructor

MSDT + IDC Staff Instructor


Instructor Development Course

  • Certified diver for at least six months
  • PADI Divemaster
    an instructor member in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognised recreational diver training organisation.*
    have a leadership-level certification in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognised recreational diver training organisation;* 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.*

*Documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level certifications as required.

Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months. If you do not have a valid EFR certification, please contact us so we can organise your training.

If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.

18 years or older.

Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months, and have had no medical condition changes.

Our instructor candidates are required to have their own dive gear. If you do not have your own dive gear yet, we’re happy to assist you in purchasing it at special prices.

Instructor Exam

Duration & Course Schedule

The practical part of the PADI instructor course takes 2 weeks to complete. Before joining the practical course, you are expected to independently study instructor dive theory from the materials we provide. Once you reach out to us and book your course, we will plan your schedule together and provide an outline of the course content and performance requirements.

Your IDC schedule will depend on your individual plan, but will include:

  • Knowledge development, knowledge reviews (e-learning)
  • Various workshops
  • Knowledge development classroom presentations
  • Confined water teaching presentations
  • Open water teaching presentations
  • Team teaching & mentoring with our full time instructors

It is possible to get a 90-day learning tourist visa for Thailand for scuba diving. Once you have booked your course, we will provide you with the needed letter of acceptance to apply for the visa. Please check the requirements on the official government website.

What's Included

*Please note there is an extra fee for acquiring the PADI specialty certification.

Our pricing does not include the requisite national park fees, EFR instructor application fee, instructor examination fee (PADI IE), instructor application fee, yearly PADI Pro fee, pick ups & accommodation (but we can help you by connecting you with our partners).

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